The Infidel Books, #1


The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations  thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But, in order to defeat his father, he must become him: bloodthirsty and willing to do whatever it takes for control.

West gains control by helping fellow gangsters, Nate and Simon, when they form an alliance with one of the last remaining townships in America. After years of surviving and winter fast approaching, Springtown is in desperate need of supplies from the two teenagers. When the town leader’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped by an unknown rival, Nate and Simon risk their reputations to save her and the town they now love. But without help from West, their rescue mission will fail.

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world, and faith without courage is dust in the wind.


Amazon: (link to come)

AUTHOR BIO: Angela R. Watts is a Christian fiction author who strives to glorify the Lord in all she does. She’s a homeschooled highschooler living at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, though with Gypsy and Norwegian in her blood, she tends to travel. She’s been writing stories since she was little, but also enjoys chores, painting, and watching sunsets.







GIVEAWAY INFO: US shipping only. If an international winner is drawn, they will receive an ebook only.

1st place: hardback copy of The Divided Nation. A custom mug with a quote from the book, bookmark, and an exclusive snippet from The Infidel Books.

2nd place: paperback copy of The Divided Nation, bookmark.

3rd place: ebook copy of The Divided Nation.


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Welcome to yet another Character/Author Interview on this blog! Today’s Interview is ANGELA R. WATTS and her Characters from “DIVIDED NATION”! (There’ll be more coming soon once I get the official blog posting dates from my other GR AUTHOR FRIENDS. Then, I’ll have the complete schedule on my previous blog post.)


What inspired you to write The Divided Nation?  It started out as a roleplay, but once that ended, I made my own series of books with the help of God. It was one of the MOST inspired novels I’ve ever tackled. I had songs overflowing with just how perfect they were for this novel. I’d written such painful scenes for the story in my room with the lights off and my Christmas lights sparkling against the blue walls. These books have a strong place in my heart and I’d be lying if I said if they didn’t help me feel. Feel the bitter winds a bit more. Feel the sun a bit more. Feel freedom a bit more. So much inspires me to write these books, even the simplest things.

What’s your favorite character(s) from The Divided Nation?  I love all of them. I could go on and on about the main leads, but I’m gonna give a moment of appreciation for side characters.

Alex Thompson deserves a blanket, coco, and a hug, as the side character that he is. And Spencer Anderson deserves a break.

What’s your favorite scene and part of the story?  I cannot possibly choose favorite scenes… I am often fond of the “break” scenes, where the characters get a moment to breathe, think, and plan, in a mockshift peace. I’m also fond of the scenes where everything is on the wire and the characters must do the unimaginable to survive. So, yes. I enjoyed all of it.

What are your favorite books, movies, music, etc? I’ve got a WIDE range of favorites. I’ll try to keep this simple.

Favorite books: American Assassin by Vince Flynn. Every Bright and Broken Thing by Brian McBride. Ivy Introspective by Kellyn Roth.

Favorite movies: The Patriot. Cheaper by the Dozen. Venom. The Goonies.

Music: Five Finger Death Punch. Fall Out Boy. NF. Twenty One Pilots.

How would you deal with writers block?  It depends. Am I burnt out or exhausted? I give myself a reasonable break. Am I unmotivated or lazy? I push on. I’ve got different ways of doing so: take a breather and come back, plot it out a bit more, write anyway, or write something else for a short while before kicking into work mode. I have a whole post about this subject on my blog, for anyone interested.

Are you planning on continuing your stories?  Absolutely! I think I would be hunted down in my sleep if I didn’t, ha! Covenant, Whispers of Heaven #2, releases in 2020. I PRAY to have The Infidel Books #2 come out in 2020, too!


What are your pet peeves? West: I guess I’ll go first… Uh… cold coffee.

Nate: Existence.

Gideon: Pet peeves are childish and a waste of time. They can be easily settled. And I think West is lying about that pet peeve.

Rene’: People who like the war.

How old are you? Gideon: Classified, unless you’ve read the book, and Ms. Angela so carelessly tosses that information around.

West: I don’t remember at the moment. 24? Something like that.

Nate: 18, not that it matters to you people.

Rene’: 17.

What’s your favorite color? Rene’: Teal. Or turquoise. Or yellow? No, yellow is awful. Not… blond, of course.

Nate: Blond is beautiful, thank you very much.

Gideon: I don’t have a favorite color.

Nate: Gideon’s favorite color is a bold purple. It brings out his eyes.

West: Blue. Now, can we move on before someone dies?

Favorite hobbies?  Rene’: Writing, reading, or farm work. Farm work counts!

Nate: Con work.

Rene’: You’d like the farm work if you have it a chance…

West: I like reading sometimes, don’t know if that’s a hobby, though.

Gideon: I enjoy finding priceless weaponry and restoring them for personal use.

When did the madness begin and will it end?  Nate: It started this morning when Simon came through the apartment in his boxers…

Rene’: Nate, she means the end of the world.

Gideon: It started many years ago, after World War II, my research has shown. It didn’t begin in 2024, as politicians will tell you. The mess has been long brewing.

West: But most importantly, it ends soon. We’ll make sure of it.

What haunts you?  Gideon: No comment, thank you.

West: I’ve heard Jack sing opera once. My dog ran away that night.

Nate: Every chance I didn’t take.

Rene’: Knowing my mistakes inflict pain on the ones I love.

What are you afraid of?  Rene’: Big lizards.

Gideon: Why would you be afraid of big lizards?

Rene’: None of your business. What are you afraid of?

Gideon: Failure.

Nate: We can’t all be afraid of failure, that’s unoriginal. My fear is…

West: Rejection.

Nate: Yes.

West: No, I was talking for myself.

What’s the best and worst things in your life?  Rene’: My family is the best. My enemies are my worst.

Nate: Best thing, Simon. Worst thing, Randy Anderson.

West: I’m not sure. I guess similar answers to theirs.
Gideon: Best, endless ammo. Worst, my duct tape supply is not so large.


I’m an NIGHT OWL when it comes to posting important posts on my blog on time. (Ok, I’ve only been late on posting a couple posts on time, but I still post it anyway.) I also find myself up very late writing, reading, YouTubing, and others. I love the NIGHT LIFE, because I get a lot of things done at late night hours until almost 4AM, but I try to finish before 3:30 AM. (My time zone is Mountain Standard Time, USA). 

For JUNE 21st!

I’m so sorry this is so late! I was involved with a family crisis on June 17th and please keep Praying for me and my family for healing and peace! 

So here’s the book cover reveal that’s 2 or 3 days late, but it would make me feel better if I posted it on my blog while I’m still thinking about it! 


Book Title: The Divided Nation

Book Number: Book 1 of The Infidel Books

Book genre:  Dystopian/apoc/YA

Release: August (date to be decided)

BLURB:  The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and United Nations officials thrive. George Johnston is a powerful ganglord of his own rising empire, but his son, West, refuses to continue the family legacy. Unable to run, West must become his father to defeat him.

One of the last remaining townships in America, Springtown fights to survive the nation’s destruction. The Fisher family begins an alliances with gangsters Nate Savage and Simon Bucks in exchange for town supplies. When Mr. Fisher’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped and her Union officer brother leaves her for dead, Nate and Simon must risk all to save her.

Told in a bold, abrasive narrative, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world and faith without courage is revealed to be dust in the wind.




 R.A.: It’s going to be at least 35,000 words long. I haven’t even counted yet. All I know is that my page count is getting longer for each chapter scene.
You’re halfway there. Just about. All I have to do is place the chapters and scenes in order.
You like writing it on the computer. Writing on the computer is harder for me, but I can write on paper by using a pencil.
Emily: @ Shine Im guessing that your character is inspired by Loki. My male character Kreze (name came from my Story Dreams) was inspired by Loki. At least Kreze isn’t like Loki.
Anna: Shine loves adventure and is always there to help her friends. She puts others first.
Yes, Shine loves adventures to the point where it’s very dangerous. Not to mention near death situations. She puts others first and helps her friends. Too many friends to count.
Emily: Shine is super outgoing. 
Back when she was younger, she wasn’t all outgoing after being traumatized, but as she grew older, she became more outgoing.
Joey: I think Shine is super friendly and loves talking to random strangers.
*Nervous laughs* Well in (Fantasy World Name), the no talking to random strangers rule doesn’t apply.